us finds massive weapon cache in iraq

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    US finds massive weapon cache in Iraq
    07:01 AEDT Tue Nov 23 2004

    AP - US forces have uncovered a massive weapons stockpile that included anti-aircraft guns and surface-to-air missiles and a building filled with explosive materials outside of Iraq's northern city of Mosul, the military says.

    Troops from the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, unearthed the weapons cache about 45km south of Mosul in the village Shafaat, a statement said.

    Among the weapons and munitions found were one anti-aircraft gun, 15,000 anti-aircraft rounds, 4,600 hand grenades, 144 grenade launchers, 25 surface-to-air missiles, 21 mortar rounds, 10 rockets and artillery rounds.

    Soldiers also discovered a building full of explosive-making materials, the statement said. No other details were available.

    The 1.2 hectare site has been secured and more weapons and munitions are expected to be uncovered, the military said.

    Mosul is located 360km northwest of Baghdad.

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